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Woman Avoids Getting Hit By A Train Within Inches In Shocking Footage

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Woman Avoids Getting Hit By A Train Within Inches In Shocking Footage

This is the heart-stopping moment a woman in Auckland almost gets struck down by a train.

The shocking footage was caught on security cameras at New Zealand's Mt Eden station on Friday.

You might be tempted to think 'well it's their own bloody fault' but this wasn't just any train. It was a near-silent, electric train.

Trains travelling on the KiwiRail peak at around 70 miles per hour meaning the woman in the video would have been killed on impact.

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"We've checked the footage of this morning's incident and we can see the woman checked to her right before crossing but not to her left and that's where the train was coming from," Auckland Transport rail services manager Craig Inger told The New Zealand Herald.

It is unknown whether the woman was wearing earphones under her hoodie or was just lazily paying attention to her surroundings.

Electric transport has long been scrutinised, with some laws even being passed so that electric cars have simulated engine sounds.

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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rule last November that requires all newly manufactured electric vehicles 10,000 pounds or less to make an audible noise when traveling forward or in reverse at speeds 19 mph or less.

Image: Auckland Transport

"We all depend on our senses to alert us to possible danger," US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "With more, quieter hybrid and electrical cars on the road, the ability for all pedestrians to hear as well as see the cars becomes an important factor of reducing the risk of possible crashes and improving safety."

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Is that the issue, though? Wouldn't it just be more conducive and cost-free to teach people to look both ways before crossing the road?

Featured Image Credit: Auckland Transport

Topics: New Zealand, Transport, Train

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